Kansas softball improves to 5-0

The Kansas softball team completed its season-opening weekend with a 6-0 victory over Akron on Sunday in the Stetson Lead-Off Classic in Deland, Fla.

KU senior Taylor Dodson hit her fourth home run of the weekend in her first at-bat, giving the Jayhawks an early 2-0 lead.

Freshman Brittani Reid hit a three-run homer in the second inning, handing junior pitcher Sarah Miller all of the run support she needed in a complete-game shutout. Miller allowed only six hits.

“I think the thing I was the most pleased with was seeing our team work together,” Kansas coach Megan Smith said. “I think every single player on our roster contributed and I think they work well as a group.”

The Jayhawks (5-0) will play in the North Florida Invitational next weekend.

Akron 000 000 0 — 0 6 2

Kansas 230 010 x — 6 9 0

W — Sarah Miller, 2-0. L — Kelly Hysong, 0-2.

2B — Anna Tarpley, AKR; Erin McGinley, KU. HR — Taylor Dodson, Brittani Reid, KU.

KU highlights — Miller, 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K; Lily Behrmann, 1-for-2, run, 2 walks; Dodson, 1-for-2, run, 2 RBI, 2 walks; McGinley, 2-for-4, 2 runs; Reid, 1-for-4, run, 3 RBI.

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